Friday, February 23, 2018

This, that & the Other

It is Friday!
This week felt way too long!
Maybe it was because X had a make up day on Monday,
maybe it is because I haven't been sleeping well,
or maybe it is because we have experienced all four seasons in one week.

Either way, I am moving and ready to link up with Erika, Narci & Andrea for...

We started our weekend off with another basketball game for X.

My mom and step dad came down this past week, so we grabbed some dinner with them after the game to visit before they headed back north.
While we waited for our table, my child decided to take a million and one pictures on my mom's phone.

On Saturday, I was a grocery shopping and cleaning machine.
A few months ago I agreed to host a wine tasting party at my house.
What was I thinking?
Despite not being a big wine drinker myself, we all had so much fun!
You can check out my recap and review here :)

Another bright side of killing yourself to get your house in order for a has stayed semi clean all week!
Granted I now I have a mountain of laundry to tackle as I type this, but I am still calling it a win!

So that lovely groundhog came out earlier this month and declared for yet another year that we would have 6 more weeks of winter.
Living in Ohio I expect it.
This week has been slightly unusual.
As I type this we are back to temps in the 30's and 40's, but check out how it was on Tuesday...
The high was 70*!!!!
I threw on my opened toe booties (despite needing a pedicure) and enjoyed the day!

I have not been able to sleep well this week, but I have been getting some good workouts in at home.
And, both of my guys fell asleep so I was able to watch my favorite Olympic events that I recorded :)

Social Media Favorites

Please excuse the language on this one, but it is so true!

And this was actually one of my posts this week 😒

I also shared some of my favorite "On Trend" pieces from Old Navy this week.
Look at how cute this jacket is!

And to that is a wrap!
Looking forward to more basketball tonight and a fairly low key weekend.
Do you have any big plans?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On Trend with Old Navy

I was scrolling online at Old Navy and decided to click on the "On Trend" option to see what items popped up.
Remember, I am not one for things that are too terribly trendy.
I like to stick to the classics.
Plus, I am cheap!
So I need the clothing items I purchase to span from work to play as much as possible.
A lot of the items I came across are classic pieces which kind of surprised me.

These are just the items I thought were cute.
I am not being paid or reimbursed or working with Old Navy on this post.
But if you are reading Old Navy...I would love to work with you ;)

The first item that jumped out at me is this navy striped cardigan.
It looks like such a great year round piece really.
I could easily see myself wearing it to work, with jeans, and even shorts in the Spring/Summer.
It also comes in this gorgeous orange shade as well!!!
<Insert all the heart eye emojis>

This striped top just screams my name!
I feel like I could throw it on with some shorts and a hat and enjoy a day on some one's boat :)
Anyone have a boat I could join you on?

I have a serious love for all things Navy in the Spring time.
This sueded crossbody bag is adorable!

It really shouldn't be any surprise that I would pick a jacket ;)
Especially a moto jacket!
In Navy ;)
It actually comes in a wide variety of other colors as well :)

I am not typically a jumpsuit/romper person, but this just looks so comfortable!
And it could easily be dressed up or down :)

While I do like to wear dresses more in the Spring/Summer, I am not a fan of floral print.
This dress seems to suck me in regardless of the print.
Again, a great piece that I could wear to work or for fun :)

These jeans look so comfy to me!
Yes, I said jeans and comfy in the same sentence.
You know I would take a pair of jeans any day of the week over leggings/yoga pants!
And that splattered paint detail sucks me right in too!

 I am loving the fact that we are slowly moving away from skinny jeans.
<And all the big bottom/curvy girls said AMEN!>
These cropped flares with the cut hem are so stinkin' cute!

 I haven't spent money on workout clothes in awhile!
Mainly because I workout at home so nobody sees me.
But these mesh panel crops are making me think I need to up my game.
And maybe even take a class outside of the house every now and then ;)

Have you checked out Old Navy recently?
What are some of your favorite items they are offering?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

So I hosted a Wine Tasting...

If you know me, you know I am not a big drinker.
But when I do have an adult beverage I typically go for a cocktail or cider beer.
So it makes total sense that I hosted a wine tasting at my house this weekend right?!?!

I actually attended a couple other tasting parties at friends houses and really enjoyed them.
Traveling Vineyard is the company that our gracious wine guide Jessica works for.
She brings 5 wines to your home to taste and keep for free.
She also supplies the wine glasses, the steps to tasting the wine, and suggests food that pair well with each of the wines.

As the host, my job is to gather a group of friends together to join me for a tasting.
I also am provided with a list of foods that pair well with the wines.
Since my event was so close to Valentine's Day I decided to go with that theme for decor.

So here are the wines we tasted and the foods we enjoyed with them.

Hoot (off dry white blend) - Chips and salsa/guacomole

Zeffer Hills (chardonnay - fuller body, dry white) - cheese and crackers/french bread and cheese fondue

Marula (Pinotage, red)- Meatballs with BBQ sauce

OJA! (Monastrell Syrah, medium body red) - Italian meats and bread

Fissata Blonde (fizzy white wine, dessert style, sweet) - Dark Chocolate fondue with strawberries, pound cake, pretzels, and marshmallows

And then I added a 6th bottle to the mix from my own collection.
I had purchased a bottle of Calamity Sue (Reisling - off dry white) from a wine party I had attended, but never tried it.
I figured it was a great night to break it out and see if anyone else liked it too!

I also shared some Double Date (sweet rose', dessert style) and Smirk (Mostacal - off dry white).

We had so much fun sipping on the different wines, nibbling on the yummy spread, and just relaxing with some great friends.
Honestly, that last one was the best part!
The party began at 6pm and the ladies all left around 1am!
You know that it was a good night! :)
We shared so many laughs together.
I just wish a few others were able to join us.
Next time for sure!

I also picked up a few extra bottles of wine at the store (just in case ;) as well as some party favors for the ladies to take home with them.

Have you ever attended or hosted a Traveling Vineyard or other wine tasting party?

Linking up with Ashley & Erika for Tuesday Talk :)

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Short, Sweet & A Little Q&A

Happy Friday!
This week has been super low key!
X and I both had have colds so we are taking it pretty easy.
However, we do have another busy weekend ahead of us, so rest has been our best friend this week!

As always, I am linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea for...

On Monday I caught you up on the highs and lows of our weekend :)
Favorite - seeing all these little guys having fun together
Not so favorite - knowing it is one of the last times they will all play with Colton since he moves in a couple weeks to Georgia :(

Wednesday was all about how I (try to) take care of myself!
All I can say is that I am a work in progress ;)

I can't go a week without at least one favorite from Instagram!
I thankfully have a couple of ladies who fall into this category in my life!
You know who are ;)

I celebrated a super low key Valentine's Day with my little guy since Mic had to work.
We had spaghetti and I had some homemade chocolate covered strawberries for dessert :)

In other news, we are getting close to starting the big Home Remodel at our house.
I am scared, excited, terrified, over the moon, etc.

I need to think about packing, where we are going to live, etc.
But who can think about those kind of things when you are looking at pictures of kitchen sinks and such! lol!

I want to know your thoughts on some items that I can't decide on right now.
Take ranges/ovens for example...
How many burners is ideal?
What are your thoughts on duel fuel ovens?
What about double ovens? Or even steam ovens?
Or warming drawers?
Do electric ovens really cook/bake more evenly than gas?

From my baking experience, gas has ALWAYS cooked/baked more evenly for me.
But in all the reviews I have read, and store clerks I have spoke with they say electric cooks more evenly.
Anyone else feel this way?

Next item....farmhouse sinks.
I know I want a farmhouse apron style sink in stainless steel.
I would prefer a double basin.
Do you like double or single?
Why do all the stainless steel sinks seem to have a curved front?
Does anyone know where I can find a extra deep sink?

Is a top of the line dishwasher with all the bells and whistles worth it?
How many of you have two dishwashers in your kitchen?

Do I need a prep sink?
What about a pot filler by my oven?

This is all new to me!
Any suggestions, tips, etc. you may have for me on a major home remodel would be greatly appreciated :)
Especially areas you think are worth spending the money and where to save!

Back to reality for this weekend though!
We have another basketball game on the docket for our little guy tonight,
and then I am hosting a wine tasting party at my house on Saturday evening.
So that means lots of cleaning, cooking, etc. during the day tomorrow :/
Wish me luck!

What are your plans for this weekend?


Calling all local ladies!

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